Usefull settings:
1) To get rid of the ActiveX blocking warning when loading Web Pages from the computer you are using, in IE.
This message will not appear if the page is loaded from an internet server after it has been uploaded, but while you are working on a page locally, it is a pain in the neck.
Run Internet Explorer. Click on the "Settings" Icon. Usually a cog in the top right of the window. OR If you have menu's enabled. Go to the Tools menu.
Select "Internet Options"
Click on the "Advanced" tab in the top right on the "Internet Options" window.
In the "Settings" pane, scroll down to the "Security" section.(it will have a padlock icon to the left of the word "Security".
The second Security option should be "Allow active content to run in files on My Computer" followed by a star.
Tick it. Click on OK. Close Internet Explorer.Open Internet Explorer. The Active X message should no longer appear for pages loaded from local storage.
2)To get rid of the BBC iPlayer Download Manager settings after it has gone pair-shaped and will no longer display your downloaded programmes.
This all worked at the time I wrote this guide. (Feb. 2013)
I've tested it in Vista and Windows 7. These instructions are written for a standard mouse with the left and right buttons on the left and right, respectivly. "click" means left-click. "right-click" means right-click.
Make sure you arn't running the iPlayer, then un-install BBC iPlayer and Adobe Air using the Control Panel, Programs and Features.
Then you need to remove the iPlayer settings folder and the Adobe Air settings folder.
Create a batch file containing:

@echo off
cls
echo WARNING!!! You do this at your own risk!!!
echo It works fine on all my computers, I mean, it would. I wrote it.
set BBCFOLDER=\BBCiPlayerDesktop.61DB7A798358575D6A969CCD73DDBBD723A6DA9D.1
set ROAMINGPATH=%userprofile%\appdata\roaming
set BBCPATH=%ROAMINGPATH%%BBCFOLDER%
set ELSPATH=%ROAMINGPATH%\adobe\air\els%BBCFOLDER%
if NOT EXIST %BBCPATH% GOTO BBCERROR
echo The next line gets rid of the BBC iPlayer settings folder and sub folders.
echo If you really want to do it press "y" and then press Enter.
echo Otherwise hit "n" and Enter.
rd %BBCPATH% /s > nul
GOTO REMOVEELS
:BBCERROR
echo BBC iPlayer Settings Folder Doesn't Exist.
:REMOVEELS
if NOT EXIST %ELSPATH% GOTO ELSERROR
echo The next line gets rid of the Adobe Air settings folder.
echo If you really want to do it press "y" and then press Enter.
echo Otherwise hit "n" and Enter.
rd %ELSPATH% /s > nul
echo This is what the BBC help site said you should remove. Just not how to do it.
GOTO END
:ELSERROR
echo Adobe Air Settings Folder Doesn't Exist.
:END
echo Bye.
pause


If you don't know how to make batch files, you probably shouldn't be messing with this.
However, to create a batch file: Right-click on your desktop.
Go down to New and across to Text File. Click Text File.
A Text File called "New Text Document.txt" should appear somewhere on the desktop. If the name has "(2)" or any number in brackets after "New Text Document" it doesn't matter. Just remember what the number is.
If you don't see the ".txt" on the end of "New Text Document.txt" that doesn't matter either. Press Enter to confirm you want to create the file.
Right-click on the newly created file. Go to Open With, then accross to Notepad. Click on notepad. Text files normally open in Notepad by default. This just makes sure that this one does.
Once it is open in Notepad, you should see an empty text file.(ie, nothing in the notepad window)
Now select the black text on this instruction sheet and right-click in the selection and click Copy.
Right-click in the Notepad window and click Paste.
The Notepad window should now contain text you copied from above in batch file format. It looks pretty much the same.
Now, in Notepad, click the File menu and click on Save As...
In the Save As dialogue you should see "File name:" with a box containing "New Text Document" or whatever the file you are editing is called, highlighted.
Click in the space to the right of the filename. It should not be highlighted now. Type .bat in the box so the filename has .bat at the end of it and press enter. Close Notepad.
Your desktop should now have a batch file with the same name as the text file you created, but with cogs on the Icon rather than a piece of notepaper. This is the batch file. This will remove the Folders. So if you're sure, run it. Follow the instructions in the command window. Done.
This program doesn't remove the downloads you have done already. If they still exist and you want them you can deal with that one yourself. I normally just delete them and the repository folder they came in. If the iPlayer cocks up it is usually because one of the downloads has gone pair-shaped and is causing the rest of it not to work. So, your best off just getting rid of it all. I shouldn't have to say this but, if you delete the repository folder your downloaded programme's will not be available anymore. If you hadn't figured that out for yourself you need to learn a lot more about computers than you currenly know before you go around deleting things.

You might want to keep the batch file. You can delete it if you want. Or re-name it. Zip it. Print it. Try e-mailing it to the Prime Minister. Learn it off by heart and write it in the "Other Information" box on the next form you fill in that has one. Use it as your lines in the next conversation you have interspersed with whatever the other protagonist sais. Claim that it came to you in a dream and found a religion based on it. Cut out a printed copy of it and glue it to the back cover of a school exersise book. God help me, you might even use it as an example of using variables and conditional jumps in batch file code.
3. To make Word start with a custom template when you run it.
Here is a tip I've put together because there are far too many other realy difficult to follow and non functional tips hanging around on the net.
It such a simple thing but I've read so many "registry/file/options/reinstall/run this bogus fix/get a PHD and do it yourself" type type of fixes I thought I'd put this one up myself.
Ed's really simple solution for changing the default template Microsoft Word uses.
The template is called "Normal.dotm" it is in %USERPROFILE%+"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates"
%USERPROFILE% is a system variable containing "C:\Users\username" where username is your username.
To get there create a batch file as detailed above, only put;

start explorer %USERPROFILE%+"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates"

in it, then run it. This will open an explorer window looking at the right folder with normal.dotm file in it. That is the file you need to edit.
You can just click on Computer, Users, whatever your username is, then put "AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates" in the folder location address bar. Right click on Normal.dotm and select Open. If you just double click it Word won't save it in the right place. Word should run. Make the changes you want to. Go to the button in the top left (the do something button), Save As, Word Template.
Make sure it says "Word Macro-Enabled Template(*.dotm)" in the "Save as type:" box. Save it.
It is the default blank template for Word. Basically make all the changes you want to and save it as Normal.dotm file.
The key to all this is making sure that there is a valid, macro enabled word template file in the templates folder caller Normal.dotm.
I usually change it to Narrow Margins on the Page Layout ribbon and AaBbCcDd No Spacing on the Home ribbon. The default values are great if you hate trees and like scrolling up and down documents needlessly. I am not a massive fan of wasting paper or even screen space, as Microsoft seem to be.
4. To fix the Outlook error "cannot open your default email folders the information store could not be opened"
Searched Microsoft Support and as per recomenations:
Well, first off I ran the office diagnosics. That didn't work.
Went to control panel, programs and features, and repaired office. That didn't work.
Went to control panel, Mail(32-bit) icon.
Click Show Profiles.
Saw my Outlook profile was there.
Clicked Add.
Typed NewOutlook into Profile Name and clicked OK.
From Here on in you have to know your e-mail server settings. I clicked Manually Configure Server and Next then filled in the boxes, but I know my e-mail address & password, pop & smtp settings, so that was OK.
Ok'd all of that and selected the new profile as my default at the Show Profiles window. Ok'd that. This worked.
If you can't send e-mails from the new account you may need to configure the outgoing server.
To do this:
Run Outlook then, Tools Menu, Account Settings, Highlight your e-mail account, Change, put your settings in if they arn't there already, More Settings, Outgoing Server, tick My Out Going Server Requires Authentication, dot in Log On Using, enter your Username and Password, tick Remember Password, OK, Next, Finish. If this doesn't help you could e-mail me by clicking the mail button at the botttom of the page and I'll see what I can do.


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